Associate Faculty

The following are Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty members who have secondary appointments in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology and are active in medical and graduate teaching programs and research collaborations with other members of the department.

  • Karl-Erik Andersson, PhD, Professor, Regenerative Medicine
  • Anthony Atala, MD, Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Health Sciences and Chair of the Department of Urology
  • K. Bridget Brosnihan, PhD, Professor, Surgical Sciences-General - Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center - Center for Hypertension Research; Neuroendocrine aspects of hypertension, with a major emphasis on the renin-angiotensin system.
  • Vardaman Buckalew, Jr., MD, Professor, Internal Medicine-Nephrology - Molecular endocrinology: regulation of growth hormone and insulin like growth factors; neuroendocrine and brain aging.
  • Mark C. Chappell, PhD, Associate Professor, Surgical Sciences (Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center - Molecular mechanisms of both enzymes and receptors of the renin-angiotensin system that participate in the overall regulation of blood pressure.
  • Che-Ping Cheng, MD PhD, Professor, Internal Medicine-Cardiology - Cardiac dynamics; ventricular-arterial coupling; cardiac energetics and neurohumoral alterations in health and disease.  
  • George J. Christ, PhD, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Urology - Cell, Tissue, and Organ Physiology
  • Debra I. Diz, PhD, Professor, Surgical Sciences-General - Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center, Center for Hypertension Research - Neuropharmacology of Hypertension: using a multidisciplinary approach to the study of brain systems that participate in regulation of the cardiovascular system. 
  • Delrae Eckman, PhD, Pediatrics

  • James C. Eisenach, MD, FM James, III Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, Professor, Surgical Sciences-General; Dewitt Cordell Professor of Surgical Research; Director, Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center - Cardiovascular Diseases: High blood pressure and vascular restructuring. Studies of receptors and their signal transduction pathway in cardiovascular and neuronal tissues afford an in-depth understanding of disease processes at the cell level. Molecular and biochemical physiology of the angiotensin system and vasodilator autacoids.
  • Jorge Figueroa, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology-Maternal-Fetal Medicine - Fetal Physiology: Clinical management of preterm labor; maternal and fetal cardiovascular variables; the role of the sympathetic autonomic nervous system in the control of myometrial activity in the pregnant and non-pregnant sheep; the paracrine effects that the endometrium and fetal membranes may have in the control of uterine activity; the mechanism of action and potential clinical effectiveness and side effects of hormone receptor antagonists.
  • Patricia E. Gallagher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Surgical Sciences-General - Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center - The Molecular Biology of Hypertension and Vascular Disease
  • Dwayne Godwin, PhD, Neurobiology and Anatomy
  • Leanne Groban, PhD, Anesthesiology
  • James E. Jordan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Surgical Sciences (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • Gregory L. Kucera, PhD, Hematology/Oncology
  • Thomas J. Martin, PhD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
  • Nilamadhab Mishra, MD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine - Epigenetics, epigenetic therapy, drug development
  • James C. Rose, PhD, Frank C. Greiss Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology-Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • David C. Sane, MD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine-Cardiology Molecular biology; thrombosis and fibrinolysis.
  • Carol A. Shively, PhD, Professor of Pathology (Comparative Medicine) and Psychology (Wake Forest University)
  • Thomas L. Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, Surgical Sciences-Orthopaedics - Control of the circulation; chronic monitoring of systemic and micro circulation; adrenergic control of thermoregulation; cardiovascular effects of cocaine.
  • Shay Soker, PhD, Associate Professor-Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell and Genomics Research
  • William Strawn, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Surgical Sciences, Hypertension and Vascular Disease Center
  • E. Ann Tallant, PhD, Associate Professor, Surgical Sciences-General - Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center Center for Hypertension Research: The investigation of molecular mechanisms by which neurotransmitters and hormones regulate cellular functions. The renin-angiotensin system and its regulation of cardiovascular function through effects both centrally and peripherally.
  • Jasmina Varagic, MD, PhD, Hypertension
  • Richard B. Weinberg, MD, Professor, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology
  • James Yoo, MD, PhD , Associate Professor-Regenerative Medicine - Tissue Engineering and Translational Research

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